Originally Posted by tocaje
Mr. Audyssey or anyone: I posted this over in the Onkyo New Lineup thread but thought it might get a response here:
For the past 2 decades I've only owned Sony receivers (currently have the 810). BUT I'm thinking (excited and hoping) the Audyssey on the Onkyo 606 WITH dynamic EQ might be a much better way to go. I listen at night and need to keep the dynamic range limited.
1. Any thoughts out there whether Audyssey really outperforms the Sony Digital Cinema Auto Calibration eq room setup?
2. And is the Audyssey Dynamic EQ is really better than a Loudness button?
3. Final question, if they come out with an Onkyo 706 with Audyssey Multi EQ like the 705; is 'Multi EQ' that much better than the less endowed Audyssey 2EQ?
Thanks for any responses.
I can't comment on the Sony EQ beyond suggesting that if it tests multiple seats and corrects in both time and frequency domains, it might compete with Audyssey. But, I think we'd see mention of it in this forum if it can really compete (i.e., there would be some comparisons).
Yes, the Audyssey Dynamic EQ is the ultimate loudness button. It does much more than insert some filters to bring up the low end, it varies the SPL across the whole of the frequency spectrum in accordance with the typical ear's sensitivity variations with amplitude. I.e., the compensation varies with the volume setting because the ear's sensitivity varies with volume.
But, Dynamic EQ is not going to help with your need to keep the volume down to accommodate family or neighbors. In fact, it will do the opposite. For instance, the low end will not drop off as much when you turn the volume down (it's being boosted relative to the mid-range because of the ear's loss in sensitivity at the low end). There are related changes at the high end but they shouldn't be a problem for the neighbors. You'll have to turn the volume down more when using Dynamic EQ than when not using it.
What you need to help out with the neighbor problem is the Audyssey Dynamic Volume feature. It's a form of compression, but works with Dynamic EQ to optimize the listening experience while accommodating the neighbors.
To be honest, I haven't yet experienced Dynamic Volume, but if it works half as well as Dynamic EQ, it will be very helpful in your situation.